Haapsalu is granted the privileges under Riga law

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1279

In 1263, the bishop of the bishopric of Ösel-Wiek, Hermann I, decided to bring the center of the bishopric to Haapsalu, where soon the construction of the Dome Church and the fort began.

Town privileges were granted in 1279. Initially, it had Riga's privileges, but in 1294, the bishop gave Haapsalu its own town privileges, which had been crafted after Riga's.

Haapsalu was an important port town on the one hand, on the other, it was located in the northern end of Läänemaa (Wiek), and rampages of the Lithuanians did not reach there.

Thus, soon, Haapsalu became one of the most important towns in Estonia, after Tallinn, Tartu and Narva.

Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4e/Haapsalu.svg/529px-Haapsalu.svg.png


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